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School of choice, or a revolving door?

More and more Michigan families are opting to move their children out of the schools they would attend by residency to neighboring districts through the state’s popular school of choice program. But a new study reveals that fewer than half stay in that neighboring district.

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Poverty affects education — and our systems perpetuate it

Funding education via property taxes aligned to varying algorithms of local, state and federal streams results in fundamental inequities. Such systems reward those who require the least rewarding and instruct those living in the poorest areas that the only way out is to relocate.

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School libraries need funding, innovation to help turn recent trends

The funding for school libraries has diminished over the years, as has the number of schools overall. Funding, donations and innovations are critical to help school reverse the trend of limited funding and increased closings.

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South Dakota’s surplus funds could help raise teacher salaries

The state had a budget surplus for the fourth year. Public education could have used some of those funds. One would think that in lieu of the criticism school districts face from many legislators every year that perhaps some districts may actually be correct when they state they are underfunded.

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Kansas must do more for teachers and schools

As Kansas education officials were expressing angst this month over reports of teachers leaving their jobs at an alarming rate, the Olathe School District announced plans for closing a $2 million budget hole. Among the cost-cutting measures: The demise of a one-on-one mentoring program for first-year teachers.

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Pre-K and charter schools, perfect together

Both charter schools and publicly funded pre-K can improve learning for children in poverty. Together, they have the potential to do even more to close the achievement gap for at-risk students.

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Why schools over-discipline children with disabilities

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago, students with disabilities are still punished at disproportionate rates.

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Pre-K and charter schools, perfect together

Both charter schools and publicly funded pre-K can improve learning for children in poverty. Together, they have the potential to do even more to close the achievement gap for at-risk students. Yet policies in many states prevent charter schools from serving pre-K students.

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Body cameras in schools spark privacy, policy discussions

Education leaders are figuring out how to create effective policies for administrators who will wear body cameras around campus. Privacy advocates and parents have been particularly concerned about who has access to student data, how long it's kept and whether it's secure.

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Here's what LAUSD needs to do

Countries that do the best job at educating their citizens — Finland, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Canada — do it with strong and equitable public school systems, not charter schools or private school vouchers. LAUSD needs a leader who believes in strengthening public education and making sure the neediest students get the human and financial resources to succeed.

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